Cow

An observation of the daily life of two dairy cows, tracking from birth to death and day to night, occurrences on a farm. The camera looms at eye level, bringing a sense of intimacy and alliance with these creatures. Humans are insignificant here and exist only somewhere in the background. At first glance Cow feels like a departure from Arnold’s previous work such as Red Road, American Honey and Fish Tank, dramas centred around female protagonists who sit somewhere on the periphery of society’s care, but many of her recurring themes are present. She has said of the cow, I just wanted to watch her reactions to her daily reality. In all of its beauty and challenges and brutality. To look. To see. To see her.” And this is what Arnold does best: see, connect viscerally, reflect humanity in all its depth, and inspire a radical level of empathy. Not to be missed.